November 19 and 22, 2021 - Recount
Ward 2 City Council Recount
A recount of ballots cast in the Ward 2 City Council race was requested by candidate Yusra Arab, who was 19 votes behind candidate Robin Wonsley Worlobah in the vote totals certified by the Municipal Canvassing Board on Nov. 12. This vote margin allowed for a publicly funded recount. See Minnesota Statute § 204C.36. The scope of the recount was limited to determining vote totals for the winner and runner-up in the final round of ranked choice voting tabulation.
The Ward 2 City Council recount began on Nov. 19 and was completed on Nov. 22. All 9,799 ballots cast in the race were examined and sorted into piles for the Robin Wonsley Worlobah, Yusra Arab, and a pile for all other ballots. During that sorting process, the candidate or candidate's representative could challenge the election officials’ determination as to which pile a ballot was placed in. Wonsley Worlobah challenged 10 ballots; Arab challenged 12. A summary of the recount results is below.
|Candidate||Original certified vote total||Recount vote total||Challenged ballots from recount|
|Robin Wonsley Worlobah||4,056||4,046 (-10)||10 challenged by Wonsley Worlobah|
|Yusra Arab||4,037||4,032 (-5)||12 challenged by Arab|
|All other candidates||1,706||1,699 (-7)||-|
|Total ballots||9,799||9,777||22 total challenges|
The challenged ballots were presented to the Municipal Canvassing Board on Dec. 1 to reach a final determination on each ballot and certify the results of the recount. Of the 22 challenged ballots, canvassing board members sustained the original determination by recount officials for 21 ballots and overturned the original determination for 1 ballot. The allocation of challenged ballots and final results of the recount are shown in the table below.
|Candidate||Recount vote total||Challenged ballot allocation||Final certified vote total|
|Robin Wonsley Worlobah||4,046||9||4,055|
|All other candidates||1,699||3||1,702|
With the final results of the recount certified, the Canvassing Board declared Robin Wonsley Worlobah to be the winner with 4,055 votes.